Naas is the host to an intriguing card on Sunday where Mikael D’Haguenet aims to build on his Thurles victory and put his jumping issues behind him in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Novice Chase at Naas for the inform Willie Mullins.
Racing kicks off at 1.40 with the Paddy Power Cheltenham Trial Sunday 24th February Maiden Hurdle, in which Some Article bids to finally get off the mark over hurdles. An impressive winner of the Goffs Land Rover bumper at the Punchestown festival he was far from disgraced when running a creditable second to Supreme Novice hopeful Un Atout on his hurdling debut. On his most recent start he ran out after the first flight. Tomorrow looks the most achievable task to date for Tom Mullins’ charge and he should have enough class to win this maiden.
Mikael D’Haguenet takes centre stage at 2:10 in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Novice Chase at Naas. Mullins’ charge has had jumping issues in his chasing career to date but seem to put the well behind in his recent Navan victory. He jumped well and won impressively that day. Mullins’ form cannot be questioned and Mikael D’Hagauenet with a clear round, should have the class to take this. The main danger is Buckers Bridge who failed to impress on his most recent outing in a Grade One. This drop in class will help and he’s considered closely to give the odds on shout a major challenge.
French recruit Upsie is an extremely interesting runner in the Tote Jackpot Maiden Hurdle at 2:40. Twice a winner in bumpers in her France, the mare receives valuable weight all round could be another classy French Mullins’ recruit. Danger lies in Golden Plan who has done nothing wrong to date and could improve form his latest outing once again for Paul Fahey.
Barneys Honour looks to be well treated over fences and looks good enough to take the Panoramic Restaurant at Naas Handicap Steeplechase at 3:10. The horse has found dramatic improvements over hurdles in recent times and once again looks well treated for Gordon Elliot over the larger obstacles.
Hazariban has been a consistent sort for Seamus Fahey this season and looks to have a good opportunity in the Tote Daily Double Races 5 & 6 Handicap Hurdle at 3:40. He ran a strong third behind Fatcatinthehat ini early December and tomorrow carries a feather weight of 10stone 1lb on his handicap debut, due to Kevin Sexton claiming 7lbs off the four year old .
Clondaw Court runs in the closing race. He has been very impressive to date and looks to increase his festival credentials in the Go Racing In Kildare (Pro/Am) Flat Race at 4:40.